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Open Digital Europe

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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

Social Businesses

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

European Project

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

V-CALC aims to develop a user-friendly digital tool that can be used by volunteer managers and coordinators to calculate volunteer impact and enable them to measure and understand the impact of their volunteers through dedicated flexible training making good use of digital tools.

Evidence shows that volunteering is beneficial in many fields, unfortunately, the methods used to measure the impact of volunteering are lacking. The V-CALC project enables 800 volunteer managers and coordinators of all ages & backgrounds to measure and understand the impact of their volunteers. The objectives are to:

  • develop a suitable methodology for gathering data about the numbers and profiles of volunteers, their motivation and their impact on society and individual volunteer learning;
  • create and put in place a user-friendly online platform to gather information from primary and secondary sources;
  • train and develop the capacity of volunteer managers and coordinators to gather and provide information about the impact of the volunteers that they engage with and in their countries more widely;
  • ensure the sustainability of project results by developing a community of practitioners from across Europe to promote the use of the V-Calculator and the importance of measuring volunteering for the development of better evidence-based policies.

The training programme in the use of the volunteer impact measurement methodology will lead to increased quality in the work, activities and practices of the volunteering organisations and institutions involved. It will introduce new actors to the importance of volunteer impact measurement across all sectors and fields that engage volunteers. Through the V-CALC project, we will build the capacity of organisations to work trans-nationally and across sectors and at the same time address common needs and priorities for the volunteer-involving stakeholders in the fields of education, training, youth and sport, amongst others. The online platform, impact measurement methodology and training activities, together with the policy development work, will enable transformation and change at the individual, organisational and sectoral level, leading to improvements and new approaches, in a wide variety of different volunteering contexts.

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program and will last for 24 months. The partners are: Centre for European Volunteering and Out of The Box International (Belgium), UEA Consulting Ltd (UK), Dkolektiv (Croatia), Fundacion Hazloposible (Spain), Pertej Barrierave (Albania).

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.

 

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